|UNESCO #723 - Pena Palace (Arabian Door), Sintra - PORTUGAL|
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sintra - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #723
Another awesome vintage card sent by Gracinha, this time showing a detail of the entrance of the magnificent Pena Palace in Sintra, one of the most beautiful palaces in the world - when we visit it we really feel like entering on a fairy tale. The surrounding forest and National Park are also amazing, it's one of my favorite spots for a romantic weekend getaway. Thanks again Gracinha, I love this vintage card and it will turn my UNESCO collection even better. This postcard took 5 days to arrive!
In the 19th century Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra , created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.